The cat and I have made it safely to Colorado. It is gorgeous up here. My eyes have been as large as Mr. Pickles the last few days. All this scenery is intense. The snowy caps of Pikes Peak or the meandering highway through the mountains.
It was a long trip since Saturday. Season ended. Got the car. Drove the six hours to Michigan. Ended up staying a few days but then figured I should just bite the bullet. It ended up taking us just two days. We were out of Ann Arbor by 4pm. Over-nighted in Iowa city, IA around midnight. Spent the next morning sharing breakfast at Ihop with my aunt. It was nice. I rarely get a chance to see much extended family. Finally made it to my destination in Colorado by midnight on Tuesday.
Ended up just sleeping at a Truck stop.
The next morning was a rush of returning the Uhaul. Happily of course. I'm not one for driving 14 foot vehicles. (Maybe practice for a tiny house on wheels?? ) Nice bit is when you one-way, they give you a free month storage rental. That was lovely as well... That is, having to pack it up from the Truck.... Second story, no elevator, and just me lifting all these large tvs, coffee table, and power equipment!
Next time I purchase TVs, they will be light ones!
Kiki and I have been tenting at a campsite in this mountain town. The cat is so happy to be done with the car and enjoy the tent, the scenery, and sleeping/hiding in the sleeping bag again.
The last few days I have been driving all over these windy roads looking at land postings. (It was so windy when I came in on Tuesday that my phone sent me a tornado warning. I was fighting the wind on the freeway. Even saw a semi turned over. I parked on the side of the road to go help but when I was close, a service vehicle already arrived. ) Some interesting. Some so forested that I would feel horrible to chop it all down in order to use Solar Power. :)
Yesterday I managed to find a really neat piece of property that is nearly 3 acres in size. (2.88) It would be more than needed. It is all paved road/highway access. Good for the upcoming winter. It even has a seasonal creek/spring on it. How kewl is that. Mountain and forest views all around. Clear skies to the south. Best part is it used to be ranch land so it is more accepting of eventual gardening. A lot of the plots up here are basically forested desert lands. Lots of pebbles. Red earth.
The cost is a little high for me. $10,000. However, it has been on the market for years. The last time it was dropped to 10k from 22K was over a year ago. The owner also lives out of state. I'm believing it bodes well for me to put in a low offer to take it off their hands. ;) Actually, I will see a broker tomorrow at 3pm to go over the details and put in an offer.
It is getting close to putting an order in for 2000 Watts of photovoltaics and all the connected equipment. Should closing take roughly two weeks, if they accept, I will be needing to have the solar setup for the build. :)
I know, I know. I am smiling a lot these days. Certainly this posting. What can I say. The scenery is getting to me. I'm free. I am happy. I feel at peace inside coming back to the mountains. It has been far too long.
It makes me little inner Ojibwa very happy, indeed.
Take care every one! Please Enjoy the following photos. - Cloud
|The 14 Footer in Benton Harbor, MI|
|Prospective land - South View|
|Prospective Land - West View|
|Prospective Land - East View - Awesome Huge Rocks|
|Prospective Land - North West View|
|Prospective Land - South East View|
|Prospective Land - North View|
|View from Walgreens in this Mountain Town. Pikes Peak|